youth worker, youth ministry, student ministry, leadership

Leadership Instinct

By Doug Franklin April 11, 2012

We all act a certain way. We have tendencies when we are attacked. We sometimes lash-out or respond with understanding. So how do you respond, as a leader, when you hear a complaint, or someone bad mouths your ministry? As leaders we have instincts that rule our reflexes. These instincts have been developed over our life times. When we were younger we got into some bad habits in how we responded to criticism. I think it’s important to look back at the last few times you were attacked; did you responded with anger or understanding? Did you look for the truth in the criticism or did you just push it aside?


Our responses to criticism say a lot to our followers. If we responded with love and understanding they will want to be more like us and we will have great influence in their lives. Consider the following when attacked:


1. Truth

Most likely there is some truth in what is being said. Listen for it and ask yourself how you can grow if you were to be open to changes.


2. Something is lacking

Criticism often comes from not understanding the vision or mission of an organization. Realize that you may need to be clearer with why you are doing certain actions. Look to understand and provide more training.


3. Some people gripe

Often criticism comes from people who just want to be gripe. It’s their thing and it’s wrong but you need to let it go. If the criticism is not coming from a person of truth and honesty, just push it aside but don’t take them down for doing it. Let it slide off you and you will impress your followers with your focus.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More